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Thank you! I ended up starting about 250 seeds on the first of the year. I just pulled them out of the fridge about a week ago (Feb. 1st) and I already have 30 seeds with roots. I planted those in pots and will keep checking the bag for more over the next month or so. Hopefully they'll survive and be large enough to plant in their permanent home by fall! If not, I have another 250 seeds I plan on starting at a later date.
This is a great idea. I just moved to a pretty rural location and was worried about the possibility of utilities going out and not having electricity for extended periods of time. I just bought a dutch oven for cooking outside in emergencies and camping in the summer. I wanted a tripod, but prices were anywhere from $50 to $350 depending on the brand! Next time I'm at the hardware store, I'll pick up some eye bolts and chain. I think I already have some steel tubing kicking around. Your design sure beats the non-adjustable one I was going to weld up. If I have some non-galvanized pipe, I may even tack weld the nuts inside the tubing so the eye bolts thread into the legs. Obviously, you wouldn't want to weld anything galvanized without proper prep and ventilation.
How does the seasoning hold up on a sandblasted pan? I have a cheap 10" pan from harbor freight that was so rough it would shred paper towels when I tried to season it. I actually cut my hand pretty badly on the casting flash, so I decided to take an angle grinder with a flap wheel to it. I got the pan all smoothed out and seasoned, but I'm having problems with the seasoning sticking to the sanded (60 grit) surface. I'm thinking sandblasting may open up the pores in the iron and allow the seasoning to stick better? For anyone who has tried this, did the seasoning flake off eventually?
What is the ideal time of year to plant the established plants outside? I live in a relatively cold area with minimum winter temperatures down to about -23C/-10F, but plenty of insulating snow cover. I'm hoping that these will survive outdoors in my climate. I do plan on protecting them with fencing (deer) and some sort of insulation for the first few winters. I would really hate for them to die because I planted them too late in the growing season. I also don't know how they would hold up in a heated house with no dormancy all winter. Current nighttime temps are a few degrees above freezing, but it's going to be snowing soon. Should I plant them now? Or keep them indoors until spring?
I really like the idea of using this relay for a hydroponics system. My only concern is that you're using a relay that is rated at 5v with a 12v power supply. Did you add any sort of voltage regulator to this? You could probably just use an old computer power supply. That would provide 12v for the pump and 5v for the relay. Any thoughts on this?